Far Better Things Ahead

Far Better Things Ahead

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”– C.S. Lewis

In 2015, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. For more than two years I’d suffered from an almost unbearable, unexplainable pain, absolute fatigue, and memory failure. On top of that I had arthritis flares plus auto-immune issues. Whether I felt like it or not, I struggled to go to work, take care of my home, and share life with family. My husband helped as much as he could and my children understood my limits, but I didn’t want to live my life in constant pain.

I prayed daily for answers. Little did I know, I’d have to go through a month of illness to receive a confirmation of what I’d suspected for years. Because there is no one test for fibro, the doctors, and I’m talking at least three of them, ran several tests and eliminated possibilities.

By the time all the tests returned negative results,  God put me in the hands of an excellent rheumatologist. After hearing my experience and seeing the test results, she diagnosed the fibromyalgia and worked out a plan for me with meds. So far the fibro has backed off. The days of pain are less, I’m not as tired, and my fog brain is better.

Poor health had never been a part of my life. I’ll admit I wondered why, at 58, my body was rebelling. I was angry that the arthritis and fibromyalgia had affected my hands. As a crafter, the pain inhibited me. I love to embroider, but can’t anymore. I used to hand quilt. I  still crocheted, but at times my hands screamed at me. Yet in all the pain and frustration, God challenged me to find the beauty.

pink flower

Thanks to the Holy Spirit’s nudgings, I’ve pulled out my colored pencils, and I’m drawing again. I haven’t drawn in a long time. I’m in the process of relearning a buried skill. What I love about putting pencil to paper is feeling connected with my dad, who passed away. When he could no longer work with his hands as a welder and a builder, he started drawing. I cherish the book of colored pencil drawings he left me.

My life verses speak volumes on how I want to continue to live my life despite the fibro and arthritis.

And to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

God has given me purpose once again, through my hands. I hope to capture the beauty of his creation and tell his story through my mine.

Penny Frost McGinnis About Penny Frost McGinnis

Penny Frost McGinnis writes devotions, book reviews, and thoughtful posts on her blog, “Hope for Today’s Heart.” Blessed with five children and eleven grandchildren, she and her husband live in southwest Ohio with two sweet dogs. When she’s not working at the local academic library or spending time with family, she enjoys reading, writing, nature, sewing, and praising God.

Comments

  1. Oh wow, Penny. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for allowing God to use you in such a mighty way.

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  2. Thank you so much, Jody.

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  3. That’s beautiful. As a person who deals with chronic pain I’m inspired by your post. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Thanks, Toni. I’m glad I could give encouragement.

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  5. I love that you have that book of drawings from him. I can so relate to this, too and I’m so sorry you deal with this type of chronic condition. What a beautiful post you’ve shared here, Penny. Thank you for that.

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  6. Thank you, Cherie. I am blessed to have a place to share my story and some encouragement.

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  7. Beautiful, Penny. Love how you found a new way to express beauty.

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  8. Thank you so much, Becky. God has a way of working things out.

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